Sunday Yoga & Margaritas in the Park

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Sunday Yoga & Margaritas in the Park

Each Sunday. In partnership with Lululemon.

NOTE: Starting Sept 21st we are holding one class starting at 10:15 a.m.

 

El Pinto Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico is mixing in with its fresh Sunday Brunch, Sunday morning yoga in the El Pinto Park. This beautiful space is generally used for weddings and special events, yet each Sunday will be converted, in partnership with Lululemon, into a beautiful outdoor yoga studio. Enjoy 20% off brunch the same day for participants.

Jim Thomas, co-owner of El Pinto explains, “El Pinto is so much more than a restaurant. Yoga in the Park is one more way we can encourage healthy living through the food we eat and exercise we enjoy."

Yoga in the Park begins 10:15 a.m. each Sunday. Some of the most talented instructors throughout Albuquerque will guide each hour long session. The Park area at El Pinto is under a white tented cover beneath the beautiful trees and foliage that grows around El Pinto. Enter the main entry or through the side gate to the right of the main entry which goes directly into the park area. Please bring your own mat, but mats will be on hand for those that need one. We ask a $5 donation to support the instructors and program, but El Pinto will provide all participants 20% off their brunch if you stay to socialize with new friends afterwards.

Instructor Schedule:

Aug 3: Nicollete Casale from SWEAT Yoga Studio. She teaches a traditional yet energy filled vinyasa flow class.
Aug 10: Sydney Fontaine Forestal from BodyLanguage Studio. She teaches a "Yoga-Rita" party class that will leave you laughing and sore at the same time.
Aug 17: Pamela Hong from various locations including Bhava Yoga. She teaches a traditional flow-based class infused with imaginative sequencing with precise postural alignment and spacious breathing.
Aug 24: Kelly Carpenter
Aug 31: Misa Romero
Sept 7: Keisha Wixom has over 16 experience. She is best known and appreciated for her dedication to teaching proper alignment and purpose of yoga postures. With an eye for detail and a keen kinesthetic awareness, Keisha provides beginners with a strong foundation and is able to fine-tune advanced student’s practices. Keisha teaches group classes, private yoga therapy lessons, and corporate classes in Albuquerque, NM. She is also a Lululemon ambassador.
Sept 14: Nicollete Casale from SWEAT Yoga Studio. She teaches a traditional yet energy filled vinyasa flow class.
Sept 21: Sydney Fontaine Forestal from BodyLanguage Studio. She teaches a "Yoga-Rita" party class that will leave you laughing and sore at the same time.
Sept 28: 10:15 a.m. only class with Keisha Wixom has over 16 experience. She is best known and appreciated for her dedication to teaching proper alignment and purpose of yoga postures. With an eye for detail and a keen kinesthetic awareness, Keisha provides beginners with a strong foundation and is able to fine-tune advanced student’s practices. Keisha teaches group classes, private yoga therapy lessons, and corporate classes in Albuquerque, NM. She is also a Lululemon ambassador.
Oct 5: Balloon Fiesta 10:15 a.m. class only with Pamela Hong who guides at various locations including Bhava Yoga. She teaches a traditional flow-based class infused with imaginative sequencing with precise postural alignment and spacious breathing.
Oct 12: 10:15 a.m. class. Final Class of Summer with Sydney Fontaine Forestal from BodyLanguage Studio. She teaches a "Yoga-Rita" party class that will leave you laughing and sore at the same time. No reservations are needed.

Yoga in the Park will end with the Oct 12th class until next summer.

Did you see the "Detox to Retox" story in Yoga Journal about El Pinto's Yoga in the Park? See it here.

Questions? Email doug@elpinto.com

 

 

Gabriel Ayala at El PInto

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Guitar Virtuoso Gabriel Ayala

Two Free Performances at El Pinto April 24th & 25th

 

El Pinto Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico is mixing in with its cuisine the guitar rhythms of the Yaqui Nation’s Award winning guitar virtuoso Gabriel Ayala. During the annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in the Duke City, Ayala will perform at El Pinto Thursday before the Pow Wow and Friday. Ayala is an internationally acclaimed classical guitarist with notable performances before the Pope in Rome, Italy, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and at the Presidential Inaugural Ball for President Obama.

For two evenings, Thursday, April 24 and Friday April 25, 2014, Ayala will fill the air for an up-close and intimate performance with music which he says is best described as “JazzMenco” – an audible collaboration of classical guitar and flamenco vibrancy. Performances will begin at 5 p.m. and will be free and open to dining guests with a conclusion at 8 p.m.

“I’m thankful that El Pinto has invited me to showcase my music to accompany an incredible establishment of such fine cuisine,” said Ayala who prides himself with stretching people’s perceptions of the Native American musical genre. Ayala has shared his music both nationally and internationally including performances at the Poway Center for Performing Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Museum for the American Indian.

Jim Thomas, co-owner of El Pinto states, “El Pinto is honored to connect both local and visiting patrons to an acclaimed musician such as Ayala who is celebrated in the musical community for his passion to share his knowledge of music to younger generations.” John Thomas adds, “When I heard Ayala's music for the first time I was astounded. His vibrant powerful sound is something that must be enjoyed, and El Pinto is the perfect spot for it.”

 

 

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El Pinto Restaurant is the Best New Mexican Restaurant Declares Albuquerque the Magazine's Reader Poll

Nov 22, 2013

El Pinto Restaurant is declared the Best New Mexican Restaurant in the vigorously contested Best of the City restaurant category.

The annual Best of the City Awards conducted by Albuquerque the Magazine were released November, 21 2013 at the Best of the City magazine release event held at Sandia BMW. First place award winners along with the top five finalists were revealed for the December/January 2014 issue of Albuquerque the Magazine. Hundreds of thousands of votes were independently tabulated ranking the best of the best in Albuquerque, New Mexico through this popular survey.

El Pinto Restaurant and Cantina is Best of the City in three coveted categories: Best New Mexico Restaurant, Best Guacamole, and Best Patio Dining. Additionally El Pinto was recognized as a top five finalist in six categories: Best Green Chile, Best Margarita, Best Chips and Salsa, Best Chile Relleno, Best Sopapilla, and Best Food Product Made Locally recognizing El Pinto salsa.

“The hard work of our staff making fresh and nutritious New Mexican cuisine each day is rewarded with this honor,” explains Jim Thomas co-owner of El Pinto. He continues, “This award validates our vision to provide the freshest, most organic, locally sourced New Mexican food that is antibiotic and pesticide free. Albuquerquians know El Pinto is the best spot for fresh, nutritious, and great tasting New Mexican food.”

This past summer El Pinto began gardening on the property to grow herbicide and pesticide free heirloom tomatoes for salads, sandwiches, and salsa. Future phases include year-round growing of various vegetables and lettuces inside a greenhouse currently under construction on the El Pinto restaurant property.

Another initiative for nutritious food is the sourcing non-GMO corn for chips and tortillas while using high quality naturally trans fat free rice bran oil for frying. Chips are finished with nutritious and nutrient rich Celtic Sea Salt.

“Our best seller is traditional chicken enchiladas,” states John Thomas, co-owner, “The chicken we serve is antibiotic and hormone free. The tortillas are non-GMO. The red chile is grown without herbicides or pesticides in Hatch, NM. Even the egg on top is free range organic from Taos, NM.” John finishes, “Enjoy at El Pinto the finest chicken enchiladas in the state.”

El Pinto Restaurant and Salsa Co. continues to expand in its 51st year with an emphasis on serving nutritious, locally raised, and organic foods. El Pinto Restaurant has grown from a few tables in one room started by John and Jim Thomas' parents, to become the most famous restaurant in New Mexico with beautiful patios, natural wood burning fireplaces, and healthy New Mexican cuisine. El Pinto Salsa has recently expanded with the addition of the convenient single serving cup which reduces product waste and increases consumer satisfaction. The restaurant and salsa manufacturing facility are co-located on property in the North Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

About El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Co:

Established 50-years ago, El Pinto is a quintessential icon for New Mexican cuisine. Conveniently located in the North Valley of Albuquerque just off I-25, the serene patios located under beautiful cottonwood trees provide an iconic experience. El Pinto is known nationally for its fire-roasted green chile and fresh flavorful salsa distributed across the nation in local grocery stores. The salsa and green chile factory is located on the same grounds as the restaurant. For an authentic taste of New Mexico, visit El Pinto for its fresh iconic food, traditional margaritas, and award winning chile. www.elpinto.com

 
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El Pinto Eliminates All Trans Fats in Frying And Uses High Quality Rice Bran Oil

Nov 18, 2013

El Pinto Restaurant has eliminated partially hydrogenated oils from all frying and fried foods served in the restaurant. Partially hydrogenated oils and the artificial and highly unhealthy trans fat produced, are recently targeted by the FDA as “no longer generally recognized as safe.”

“The consumer places trust with restaurants to serve healthy and nutritious foods,” states Jim Thomas, co-owner of El Pinto Restaurant. Jim continues, “We made the move to high quality sunflower oil that is trans fat free numerous years ago, and more recently began using rice bran oil, which is high in antioxidants and can actually help reduce blood cholesterol.” All El Pinto chips are fried throughout each day on site in rice bran oil that is non-GMO, unprocessed, additive free, and trans fat free. Chips are salted with high quality unprocessed Celtic Sea Salt before serving.

The FDA recently issued preliminary determination for comment stating that partially hydrogenated oils used with many fried foods are no longer generally recognized as safe. This may make partially hydrogenated oils illegal to be sold in the United Sates. Restaurants may use partially hydrogenated oils for frying because they are inexpensive and help increase restaurant profitability.

El Pinto eliminated partially hydrogenated frying oil years ago, however it is a buyer beware marketplace. “Ask the chef when dining out what oil they fry in and if it is partially hydrogenated,” states John Thomas, co-owner of El Pinto. “We welcome those types of questions at El Pinto and want consumers to make educated and healthy decisions.” Enjoy your chips and salsa at the beginning of the meal and sopapillas at the end with confidence the oil used is naturally healthy and trans fat free.

El Pinto Restaurant and Salsa Co. continues to expand in its 51st year with an emphasis on serving nutritious, locally raised, and organic foods. El Pinto Restaurant has grown from a few tables in one room started by John and Jim Thomas' parents, to become the most famous restaurant in New Mexico with beautiful patios, natural wood burning fireplaces, and healthy New Mexican cuisine. El Pinto Salsa has recently expanded with the addition of the convenient single serving cup which reduces product waste and increases consumer satisfaction. The restaurant and salsa manufacturing facility are co-located on property in the North Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

About El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Co:

Established 50-years ago, El Pinto is a quintessential icon for New Mexican cuisine. Conveniently located in the North Valley of Albuquerque just off I-25, the serene patios located under beautiful cottonwood trees provide an iconic experience. El Pinto is known nationally for its fire-roasted green chile and fresh flavorful salsa distributed across the national in local grocery stores. The salsa and green chile factory is located on the same grounds as the restaurant. For an authentic taste of New Mexico, visit El Pinto for its fresh iconic food, traditional margaritas, and award winning chile. www.elpinto.com

 

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Update Aug 22: Hatch Chile Roasting Thursday

Exclusive Nature Grown Hatch Chile

We have our second picking of fresh Hatch Green Chile. The first picking sold out last week in a few hours. We have more of our exclusive Green Chile from Hatch roasting now. This is chile that is nature grown without any herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides. This chile is grown from organic matter made from food compost from El Pinto. We take the organic matter from the restaurant along with EM-1, which is naturally safe effective microorganisms, to Hatch, N.M. to grow the best Green Chile in the world! We will be roasting this fresh chile starting Thursday at 5 p.m. til 8 p.m. Friday 5-8 p.m. And Saturday and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. This is the freshest and best chile in the world for all of our New Mexico chile addicts.

Come Thursday or Friday 5-8 p.m. or Saturday & Sunday noon to 8 p.m.; $30 for a full 40# bag and $15 for a half bag. If you enjoy dinner while it roasts, then enjoy a $6 discount or $24 full 40# bag with dinner purchase or $3 off for $12 for a 20# half bag with dinner purchase; Location: El Pinto Restaurant NOTE: This is fantastic Green Chile in Hot, Med, and Mild, but we only have 3,200 lbs. No one else has nature farmed Chile fresh picked from Hatch without any herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides at these prices.

 
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